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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Merry Maker Gingerbread StoutMerry Maker Gingerbread Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

912 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013)
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-11-2012 02:20:45 | More by PEIhop
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M1A2

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-11-2012 01:18:10 | More by M1A2
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EricMehon

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-11-2012 01:15:09 | More by EricMehon
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. The aroma is dominated by ginger with a hint of clove sneaking out. There might be more in there but I can't get past the ginger sauce. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Ginger again is a dominant flavor here with some nutmeg and all spice rounding out the spice palette. There's some caramel, a hint of chocolate, a touch of lactose, and a bit of wet dog in here to make an attempt at some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spice laden mouthfeel. I did not enjoy this beer, I rank it right up there with cherry wheat. The Ginger is strong enough that instead of thinking gingerbread men I'm thinking Japanese steak house ginger sauce. Great idea, lackluster results.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:53:10 | More by johnnnniee
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CloudStrife

New York

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a 2 finger khaki head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates over a few minutes.

S: Get nutmeg, ginger, allspice and mollases. This really has the whole gingerbread package. Really makes me want a cookie.

T: Really nails the gingerbread stout title on the bottle. Has a roasted malt forefront then kicks in with some serious spice. Finishes with a lingering spiciness.

M: Fairly thin with low carbonation. The spice really makes it a sipper. ABV is fairly well hidden.

Overall a really good new beer from Sam Adams. Love some spice mixed in with a stout body.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:50:49 | More by CloudStrife
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Gmann

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a nice dense light brown head that slowly settles leaving lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of spice; cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger stand out. The aroma is nice but doesn't give me the sense of a gingerbread cookie and doesn't really separate itself from a pumpkin pie spice stout, except that the ginger is probably a bit stronger. Don't really pick up any traditional stout aromas.

The taste is mainly of spice. Again, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger have the strongest presence. The malt provides some roasted flavor and has a general cola like note. The stout flavors are really quite lacking.

The feel is light, almost watery; not very stout like. There is some balance to the brew between the spice and sweetness; could use a touch more roasty bitterness. A bit dry in the finish.

Kind of a miss on this one. While I like the spice profile, it doesn't remind me of a gingerbread cookie and the stout base is weak. For a holiday brew, I would want something a touch more warming. Perhaps use their holiday porter as a base.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:54:18 | More by Gmann
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 fresh review.

Pours out nigh black but with a disappointing single finger of minute-long fizzle for a head, no lacing. Medium body and medium-low carbonation levels, it has a somewhat rougher texture than I usually get from stouts. It needs some work on texture and presentation.

The beer is chock full of gingerbread cookies with a cup of mocha expresso on the side for my cookie-dunking pleasure. ABV is well hidden in the nose, but much less in the flavor. The flavor does also contain some aniseed and chicory elements as well that weren't as apparent in the aroma, which had nutmeg /cinnamon elements that don't make it onto the tongue as strongly. It could use a touch more char-roast malt IMHO to support the aftertaste of powdered ginger on molasses that seems just a touch too sweet even for a milk stout.

I've decided not to try cellaring this one because the ABV seems under control to my palate from the start. Also, a large proportion of the flavor and nose balance in this brew depends upon spicing elements notorious for falling apart rapidly in the cellar. This beer does not have the spicing levels exaggerated enough in proportion to withstand that sort of degradation, it drinks to my palate as though it was meant to be consumed fresh, despite the label on the bottle specifically mentioning cellaring to develop flavors. I'm happy with it the way it is already, thank you very much.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 20:44:18 | More by WastingFreetime
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davey101

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, 650ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a dark black body. One finger of light tan foam with super sticky lacing and retention.

S - Dominating cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger snaps lead into some roasty malts. Sweet and spicy, Really does smell like a gingerbread cookie.

T - Ginger, sugar, cinnamon, bitter roasted malts. Kind of a mess actually. Alcohol is present and makes the large level of sweetness quite noticeable. Meh, not impressive.

M - Thin to medium bodied which makes the alcohol pretty unpleasant.

O - Great concept, but it didn't materialize too well. Smell is incredible but the taste and mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. Really wanted to like this one, damn.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:13:13 | More by davey101
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vfgccp

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-09-2012 01:27:42 | More by vfgccp
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lovindahops

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark cola body with a mocha head of foam with ruby hue on the edges.

S- ginger, sugar cookie, spices, and nutmeg all over. Very sweet and spicy to the point where it's almost herbal. Extremely sweet

T- very sugary flavors burst onto the stage with a strong combination of the flavors. A little thin and messy with the nutmeg and ginger combination. Nevertheless, a decent depiction of a holiday taste profile

M- again thin, but spicey with some heat from the alcohol

O- not a bad holiday brew. A bunch going on with all the spices, but still a sweet enjoyable sipper that I would try again

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:17:09 | More by lovindahops
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-08-2012 01:57:22 | More by Duff27
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abex44

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-07-2012 23:32:22 | More by abex44
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one appears jet black upon pour, thin cocoa colored head with decent retention. The smell is heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Cloves are present too beneath the cinnamon and ginger. The stout character is hidden beneath the assertive spice profile and doesn't add much in the way of chocolate or roastiness. The taste is again heavy on spice and it does resemble a gingerbread cookie. Milk sugar also makes its presence know as there is a smooth creamy sweetness that pairs nicely with the spices. I get some roasted barley on the finish, but this is largely undermined by the spice profile. Mouthfeel is a tad prickly with a medium to heavy body. Overall, pretty nice brew from Sam Adams. I was attracted by the novelty of this brew, and I must say it delivers plenty of gingerbread character. My only issue is the forwardness if the spices, they seem to be a bit over the top.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 07:42:34 | More by homebrew311
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-06-2012 13:05:06 | More by vrbulldog22
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metalgdog

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-06-2012 00:53:21 | More by metalgdog
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-05-2012 17:41:27 | More by goblue3509
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on a whim last week.

Pours deep brown with a small head and minimal lacing.

Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger on the nose. A little bit of sweet malt makes the gingerbread cookie comparison apt.

Again flavor is heavily spiced. Nutmeg and ginger are at the forefront, but not a ton of malt or other character beyond the upfront spice. A little bit of sweet bready malt, but otherwise body is somewhat bland. I usually detest heavily spiced beers so the fact I made it through this one is a plus.

The only real downside of this beer is the mouthfeel. It was way too thin for a stout especially one with the spice profile of this. A little bit thicker mouthfeel could've brought the spices together, but it was a bit too much on the watery side although carbonation levels were adequate.

This type of beer has a low ceiling so I'll give Sam Adams props for this one. Actually at times tastes like a gingerbread cookie. It was interesting although I probably won't have it again. May be something good with more body.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:26:21 | More by jmarsh123
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cnbrown313

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.99

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with very little carbonation that leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Nutmeg, clove, ginger, spice... at first smell, it reminded me a lot of a Pumking.

T - The spice hits you first with the ginger and nutmeg standing out. But after that, I was a little bit disappointed. I was hoping for a little bit of complexity in the flavor and a better stout all around - but this beer kept me wishing that there was more too it. It was sweet, but otherwise kind of boring. After a while, the spices get to be too much for me as well - and I usually like heavily spiced beers.

M - The mouth feel was alright, but I thought that it was a little thin. I like milk stouts that have that thick creamy body, and this was not like that at all.

O - I am glad I gave this beer a try, and it wasn't overly expensive, but I won't be revisiting it anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 16:32:32 | More by cnbrown313
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost like motor oil the way it pours into the glass with an unstable (dark tan) head that rose to almost two finger's length. It drops steadily with even lacing after a sip or two,

Smell: Nice rich cinnamon/nutmeg scent that surprises .

Taste: Lightly sweet, you taste the cinnamon and nutmeg all over but it is again, light. It is slightly spicy like drinking a gingerbread cookie.

Mouth: Easy to drink, with medium combination. After taste of comes off little creamy but almost like your milk and cofee. I wish it was a notch more potent.

Overall: This beer is a an imperial pumpkin that meets a imperial stout. It has a lot going for it but because of how unique it is why I am rating it "high". I am not knocking this brew at all, I would grab it again but I wouldn't search for it like the holy grail. Grab a glass and pour and try it yourself....Salud!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:53:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-05-2012 00:49:40 | More by JSchock7
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stxSS07

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-04-2012 00:24:06 | More by stxSS07
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n2185

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate, gingerbread, and spices dominate the nose with some roasted malt notes as well. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with gingerbread spices and semi-sweet chocolate. There is an underlying bitterness from the roasted malts and a lightly boozy finish.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a bit creamier of a body.

O: A solid stout, overall. I wish the gingerbread were a bit more present in the flavor and the body was a bit smoother, but still an enjoyable take on the seasonal style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:53:36 | More by n2185
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-03-2012 03:20:20 | More by gtermi
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-03-2012 00:37:14 | More by Exiled
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BadgerBrewer16

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -72.9%

11-02-2012 02:25:19 | More by BadgerBrewer16
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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